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Opportunities Exist for SEC to Improve Its Controls over Financial Systems and Data
of SEC’s key financial systems and information. To do this, GAO examined information security policies, plans, and procedures; tested controls over key financial applications; interviewed agency officials ... . In carrying out its mission, the SEC relies on computerized information systems to collect, process, and store sensitive information, including financial data. Having effective information security controls ... of the commission’s fiscal years 2015 and 2014 financial statements. GAO’s objective was to determine the effectiveness of information security controls for protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability ... IT security basics under scrutiny ... Financial audit by US GAO was accompanied by an IT examination focused on information security measures in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). GAO found that SEC’s systems could ... be compromised, because of risks jeopardizing the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive financial information.
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General Accountability Office , issued in 2016
Risk cases: 5
Municipalities’ internal control system – Audit of the establishment and operation of the internal control system of municipalities – on the audit of Rudabánya
Incomplete internal control The SAI Hungary published the compliance audit of the establishment and operation of the internal control system, as well as certain investment decisions, their implementation and accounting at the Local Government of Rudabánya. Apart from positive findings, some accounting irregularities and insufficient controls established to ensure organisational integrity were pointed out.
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State Audit Office of Hungary , issued in 2018
Risk cases: 2
Incorrect payments in social insurance - Control activities of the Swedish Social Insurance Agency
In 2014 the social insurance system accounted for six per cent of GDP. The long-term sustainability of a system of that magnitude requires that the public perceives its purpose to be important ... , that it is well administered and that it is as free of abuse as possible. It must also be financially stable over time, since major fluctuations impact other areas of the central government budget. When ... these things function as they should, the system is perceived to be legitimate and enjoys public confidence.<br/> According to available estimations, almost SEK 20 billion had been paid out incorrectly from ... Balance of priorities needed to reduce incorrect payments ... Role of social insurance in public finance is so substantial that reduction of incorrect payments' volume is matter of huge savings. The Swedish NAO noted positive initiatives by the Social Insurance ... Agency in this regard. However they found also, that serious problems can stem from giving higher priority to the speed of payment and customers satisfaction. They both are undoubtedly important features ... of each system, still, the prevention of incorrect payments needs strategic support to be really effective.
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Swedish National Audit Office , issued in 2016
Risk cases: 3
Effectiveness of internal controls in the protection of personal data in national databases
of internal controls which must ensure the accuracy and preservation of data and avoid information leaks. ... The NAO analysed seven national databases in order to find out how the legitimate use of personal data is ensured. In accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act, the agencies who run databases ... must ensure that personal data is protected from abuse. The information system of the database must function appropriately, incl. be reliable and safe. Log files must be retained of all instances ... ... Basic controls analysis can fail in data protection ... Estonian SAI analyzed personal data safety. Main finding were: poor log analysis and unprotected data.
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National Audit Office of Estonia , issued in 2008
Risk cases: 2
Insufficient monitoring of consultancy work in large-scale IT projects
Insufficient monitoring of consultancy work in large-scale IT projects The German Federal Ministry of the Interior did not sufficiently plan, monitor and control consultancy work in two large-scale IT projects, not being thus able to evaluate the amount of work done and pay accordingly. It was recommended by SAI the establishment of a quality management system and its application mandatory for large-scale IT projects
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Bundesrechnungshof , issued in 2017
Risk cases: 1
Audit of the asset preservation and management activities of state-owned (partly state-owned) economic organisations – HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Services Pte.Ltd.Co.
Compliance review of an air traffic services provider Lack of formal approval of the 2014 annual report was an issue found by Hungarian auditors in HungaroControl, a state-owned company, which provides training for air traffic personnel and carries out air navigation research and development.
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State Audit Office of Hungary , issued in 2017
Risk cases: 1
Cyber Attacks: Securing Agencies’ICT Systems
agencies compliance with the four mandatory ICT security strategies and related controls in the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM). The audit also considered the overall ICT security ... posture of the selected agencies, based on their implementation of the four mandated mitigation strategies and IT general controls. In the government sector, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has ... Operations Centre response. The audit's focus was, among others, application of top four of the ASD's list of 35 mitigation strategies against cyber intrusions. Contact person: Alex Doyle ... ... Cyber-security strategy needs consistent implementation and periodic reviews ... List of 35 mitigation controls against cyber intrusions are a basic tool of information security strategy of the Australian Government. Top four are: 1. application whitelisting, 2. patching ... application, 3. patching operating systems, 4. minimising administrative privileges. Analysis by the ANAO helps to fill gaps and to direct next steps.
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The Australian National Audit Office , issued in 2014
Risk cases: 3
Electronic Records. Management and Preservation Pose Challenges
Basics of electronic records management This audit of GAO, reported in 2003, can be helpful in looking for basic problems in electronic records management. These problems are compounded as computer hardware, application software, and even storage media become obsolete, as they may leave behind electronic records that can no longer be read.
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General Accountability Office , issued in 2003
Risk cases: 7
Performance Audit of Public Debt Management Information Systems
, in terms of technical support and service of debt management information systems.<br/> The main objectives of the audit were to evaluate the effectiveness of the General and Application Controls of the PDMIS ... The usage and development of the information technologies in public financial management is an important priority of the country at the phase of intensive implementation of electronic governance ... (E-Governance). The fact that information systems play crucial role in the business processes of the Ministry of Finance affects the state and the public in general. <br/> Bearing in mind the role and importance ... ... More effective IT governance needed ... information systems of the Ministry Of Finance of Georgia, Supreme Audit Institutions of 11 countries also studied this topic, both in terms of systems’ performance and their practical application by local ... Importance of effective performance of public debt management e-systems may be explained by the world’s increased dependence on such systems. In parallel with the performance audit of debt management ... financial institutions. Audit conducted by the State Audit Office of Georgia has revealed security and governance shortcomings related to management and usage of these systems.
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State Audit Office Of Georgia , issued in 2014
Risk cases: 5
Australian Taxation Office: Administration of Australian Business Number Registrations
More elligibility and data integrity needed The Australian Business Number (ABN) and Australian Business Register initiatives were implemented as part of theGovernment's comprehensive reform of the taxation system in 2000. Their introduction involved challenging issues of technology and governance , including the imperative to process and register significant numbers of applications in a short time. Overall, the Australian SAI concluded that the ABN registration process is operating effectively. However, matters relating to the eligibility of some ABN applicants need to be reviewed. Further, some data integrity issues remain outstanding.
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The Australian National Audit Office , issued in 2003
Risk cases: 3
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